Christian marriage is marked by discipline and self-denial. Christianity does not therefore depreciate marriage, it sanctifies it.
…the ‘collisions’ of marriage can create relationships of beauty. Beauty is often birthed in struggle
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In the end, the gospel of Christ crucified for sinful husbands and wives is the ground of our marriage. Here is where we see grace. Here is where we receive grace. Here is where we learn to give grace
When we love with no expectation or promise of reciprocity, we know what it means to sacrifice and deny ourselves in ways we wouldn’t otherwise.
Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again.
The surrender of your will: If you do it right in marriage, you’ll enjoy the blessing of it. If you do it wrong, you’ll never really find the fulfillment in it.
True beauty belongs to God, and you are most beautiful when you reflect glory to him most clearly.
The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.